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Free Antivirus Protection Used By Over 50 Million People

Mar 30, 2008
One of the foremost providers of free antivirus protection for home computers is Avast!, which offers its 4.7 Home Edition for personal computer use only for free. Other products available from ALWIL Software include a paid antivirus software, "Avast Professional for Microsoft Windows", a "Pro Family Pack," which includes parental controls and antivirus software systems designed specifically for Linux and MAC's. The Home Edition antivirus software is the only one software product available for free.

This version of antivirus software is available for free because ALWIL believes that is it important to avoid global virus spreading with software prevention measures, but that many people are not able to or do not want to pay for antivirus software. This version of the Avast! Home Edition combines technology available since 1998 with the latest antivirus scanning technology.

Some key features of this antivirus software include: antivirus kernel detection, that is ICSA certified. Users of the avast! 4.7 Home Edition, can rely on the software's ability to detect In-the-Wild viruses, which is those already spreading, as well as Trojan horses. In addition this antivirus software scans for viruses hidden in data streams. In order to get additional services such as firewall, spyware of phishing protection, or parental locks a purchase of the more complete antivirus software products available for purchase are required.

It is very easy to install and configure the software from avast! After you choose your product and download the antivirus software a memory test will occur when you restart your computer. With the first scan you will then be taken through a mini tutorial, which also indicates existing viruses and malware that need to be removed as well as assists you in customizing your systems scans and protection levels. With the detection of threats, you are provided with a definition of the threat to your personal computer as well as the level of threat involved. This software can scan your whole computer, select folders or files as well as disks. A "Log Viewer" indicates the progress of the scan, statistics, updates and removed threats as well as those held in "quarantine," awaiting your decision as to how to proceed.

Incremental updates are made to this antivirus software including new information about virus threats. You may choose between automatic or scheduled updates. Avast! 4 Home Edition updates efficiently according to your internet connection. It will only update when and if you are already connected to the internet.

This antivirus program offers a resident protection service that uses standard shield to protect the file system, with a generic SMTP/POP3/IMAP4 scanner, specific MS Outlook plug-in and heuristic analysis in e-mail module. Avast! features a powerful resident module that is able to detect a virus before it has any chance to infect your computer through several different systems. It includes a learning antivirus software program that protects your email and computer from the most recently released viruses.

It also includes "net shield" and "web shield" which analyze network traffic and http web traffic to provide additional protection from viruses that may attempt to access your computer. It does this by scanning for malicious content as you surf the internet. It does not interfere significantly with the use of the internet or cause substantial page loading delays.

Avast! has been winning industry awards since 1993. Among these awards and recognition, Virus Bulletin has awarded avast! with a VB 100% award in both 2007 and 2008 for virus detection. They've also earned the coveted SC from Secure Computing magazine. This award comes from votes by customers who use antivirus or other personal computing protection, almost like a coveted People's Choice Award. Avast! is currently celebrating their 50 millionth user, and with the award winning antivirus protection available within minutes of downloading, available for free, there is no longer any excuse for not updating, installing or acquiring new antivirus software for your personal computer.
About the Author
Lisa Carey is a contributing author for Identity Theft Secrets: prevention and protection. You can get tips on Identity theft protection, software, and monitoring your credit as well as learn more about the secrets used by identity thieves at the Identity Theft Secrets blog.
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